Position statement: Head injuries and concussions in soccer

The Canadian Association for Sports and Exercise Medicine’s (CASEM) position statement  describes evidence and prevention strategies for head injuries and concussions in soccer.  Several recommendations are put forward, including: 

  • The importance of safe play and respect
  • Educating players, parents and coaches to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion
  • If a concussion is suspected, athletes should be removed from competition and receive advice from a qualified professional
  • Care should be taken to ensure players are using the recommended size of ball, and that the ball is inflated properly and in good condition
  • Proper heading techniques should be emphasized and young players should refrain from heading the ball in competition until the proper technique has been mastered in a controlled practice setting.

The full position statement on head injuries and concussion is available at CASEM’s website.

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